How To Survive Your Period At A Festival
Because leakage + portaloos is no fun.
The sun is shining, your glitter is packed and your ready to let loose at a music festival. But then your period arrives and all of a sudden the idea of a weekend in a tent with nothing but portaloos for company sounds a teeny tiny bit less inviting.
Luckily getting your period doesn't have to mean game over and the folk from betty have put together a few handy tips to get you through.
Getting caught short in the middle of a festival and starting your period is inconvenient to say the least. Make sure you’re prepared for the festival with plenty of supplies and if it's easier, a bettybox is an easy peasy way to cover all your bases as the monthly subscrption box comes packed full of all the sanitary products you could need for the month, plus a cute bag to conceal your bits and bobs in if your don't want to be waving your tampon in the air at the front of the crowd.
Give your wardrobe a thought too. A few jersey dresses or some comfy leggings you can chuck on are going to make your period way easier to deal with than that pair of denim shorts that feel a bit like they're cutting your bum in two.
Keep it Clean
Periods can be a little messy at times, so trying to stay clean while not showering for 4 days can be tricky. Make sure you pack plenty of wipes and hand sanitiser, whether you’re on your period or not.
However, do be careful when choosing any feminine hygiene wipes and pick a wipe that's pH balanced and has been gynaecologically and dermatologically tested so as not to mess up the delicate pH balance down there.
Keep it chill
There are no rules at a festival, so if your period leaves you feeling a bit sluggish, its time to chill. It is important to stay hydrated when on your period too, so make sure you’re drinking lots of water. Keeping some pain killers on you is also a good idea in case you get any cramps.
A torch is an ESSENTIAL for any festival. It will make navigating your way to the portaloos to change your pad or tampon at night much easier. A head torch is even better because it means you'll have two hands free to sort yourself out.
It’s also a good idea to pack extra pants in case of leaks. Remember though, leaks are totally normal and when everyone else is covered in mud and three days’ worth of sweat, no one's going to be noticing any period leakage.
It's really important to make sure you follow manufacturers guidelines on how often to change your pad or tampon. This will help to avoid leaks and more serious conditions like Toxic Shock Syndrome from developing. If you're forgetful then why not set an alarm on your phone or watch or ask a friend to remind you.